Petra's Art Hub May Newsletter

May Newsletter


It's time for the May Newsletter and I am kicking it off with a bang or rather being forced to rest due to plantar fasciitis in my left heel. I'm in a boot for 4-6 weeks, received a lovely cortisone shot, and have a night splint. As an active person - as in I'm a runner, and in general, just love being out on the trails - this is going to be annoying, to say the least. 

I'll need to figure out some exercises I can do so that I don't lose what I worked hard for these last few months - and I am hoping that my indoor bike can and will do the trick in about a week or so because it's low impact and allows me to still workout. 

And I still have events that are coming up but I am grateful that my partner has volunteered his time to come with me at least for the next one which is May 14 at Belle Grove Plantation. It'll be my first experience and I get to learn what will work here and what will not which will help me in September when I am at another event at the same location. I shared some of what I am learning at my events in this post here

I am also working on some bigger pieces right now - these Arrowhead Deers are about 8 x 10 - I shared my process of how I created them here

And I started a 12 x 12 Hawk that I will be sharing my process with you later but you can follow along here on my Facebook Page or here on my Instagram page! I don't know if I will get that ready before the event as I am taking my time - never rush a big project - and I am not able to sit as long as I'd like at my workstation right now because elevating that foot is a bit of a challenge. The hawk will become of the Pyrography Cafe as a tutorial by the end of the month! 

I know my focus as been on wood-burning but that usually sells best for me during the warmer month and now that I am a bit out of commission, I will work on the Crochet Bistro to get all that content recorded and uploaded! 


I was born in Bad Homburg, Germany. Growing up in foster care I spend a lot of time alone creating art or writing stories. In 1992, when I became pregnant, I discovered crochet and emersed myself in the craft. I also immigrated to the US and throughout the years, I explored various mediums of art – such as macrame, cross-stitch, and painting - while raising my kids. In 2005, I wanted to create my own wood beads and discovered the wood-burner and fell in love with it. It’s at the same time I had the nudge to start my handmade business part-time with the intention to be full-time someday.

But life derailed for a little while, as I became a special needs parent, enrolled in online college twice, and am the proud owner of a B.S. in Accounting and an M.S. in Mental Health Counseling – which eventually led me to start my coaching + consulting business.  

Throughout the years I kept coming back to three mediums: coloring, crochet, and wood-burning, and am now balancing two businesses! With most of the kids creating their own lives and only the youngest left, I get to create art and teach people how to make art, while also helping people with their goals. It’s having the cake and eating it too!

I live in Central Virginia with tons of inspiration out of my backyard, the blue ridge mountains, and the events I attend!

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